A lot of Sheffield United fans enjoyed sampling the hotel built onto the side of Bramall Lane before it was closed down following Prince Abdullah’s full takeover of the club.
Previously known as the Copthorne Hotel, it was expected to re-open in 2021 under the new name of Double Tree By Hilton Sheffield City. However, nothing has materialise and as of now, the hotel remains closed, with fans having to seek out other outlets for their pre-match routines.
And according to a report from Yorkshire Live today, the hotel is no closer to being opened. It’s claimed that Hilton are waiting for investment from the club before they actually takeover. And with cash-flow a bit of a worry at United, there doesn’t seem a great rush to get that done.
The summer months could be interesting in that regard. Should the Blades manage to win promotion via the playoffs, then you’d expect work to be done quicker. Talk of a takeover, too, could also accelerate plans if prospective new owners have the cash to implement such change.
Our View: Sheffield United Need To Sort The Hotel Out For The New Season
While we understand that things cost money and there are other matters at hand, for this to still be rumbling on a year or so since announcing it would be sorted is a bit off.
The Hotel was a key source of pre-match build up for many a United fan. Crucially, it was a good place for families to go as well, with young children more than welcome. Of course, it was also the scene of brilliant celebrations following promotion to the Premier League.
If there is going to be new ownership at the club, then the hotel has to be a priority. At the moment, it just looks like an eyesore on the corner of Bramall Lane. In reality, it should be so much more than that.